Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Master of Science
degree in Sustainable Management of Natural Forests from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel
René Moreno (Santa Cruz, Bolivia), also in Water Resources Management from Universidad Mayor de San Simón (Cochabamba, Bolivia). She earned a PhD degree in Tropical Dendrochronology at Universidad de Córdoba (Spain). She has been applying state-of-the-art methods for tracing timber origin during her second PhD at the Forest Ecology and Forest Management group at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and as part of her postdoctoral research at the Tree-Ring Lab of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.